Adam Nizich, PE is a façade engineer at Walter P Moore in Washington, DC. He has more than 5 years of experience in façade design and engineering. He is an active member of the ASTM Subcommittee E06.52, “Glass Use in Buildings,” and working groups for “Structural Use of Glass in Buildings” and “Design of Glass Railings and Guards and Balustrades”.

Agnes Koltay (MSc Arch, MSc FacEng) founded Koltay Facades in 2011 in Dubai. The boutique consultancy firm is one of the largest specialist practices in the Middle-East and opened their second office in Singapore. Koltay Facades is well known for their capability to work on large scale developments, high-rise projects, and complex geometry buildings. She was selected Woman in Construction 2018 and the firm was awarded the Specialist Consultancy Company 2018 award.


AJ Piscitelli has participated in the fenestration industry for more than a decade as an application engineer and project manager at FeneTech Inc. AJ’s current role is with FeneTech Labs, a group at FeneTech dedicated to researching and developing new ideas and technologies. AJ is a frequent speaker at North American industry events regarding the future technology will play in the fenestration industry.

Alexander, born in 1992 in Augsburg, studied Civil Engineering from 2011 to 2018 at TU Munich. He focused and specialized on structural engineering. Since September 2018 he works at the Institute and Laboratory for Structural Engineering at the University of German Self Defence Forces in Munich under the supervision of Univ.-Prof. Dr.-Ing. Geralt Siebert. His topic area is the mechanical behaviour of intact and broken laminated safety glass with a main focus on the polymeric interlayer modelling.

Andreas’s professional career has been in Façades on both design, management, building the essential infrastructure. Well known buildings where he was involved are his first project in façade Lloyds of London on to 4 Buildings for Bank of China, Jin Mao in Shanghai and Taipei 101. Since 2005 he is offering façade and BMU design services to clients and architects. One issue he is called in frequently is building forensics. This work is offered regionally in Asia through the Mid East.

Andreas Kasper is a 65 year-old researcher at SAINT-GOBAIN and associate professor at RWTH University, Aachen, Germany. Being materials chemist, his research work spans glass chemistry and production: Emissions, combustion, glass-floating and quality. He has published worldwide, during past 20 years, numerous papers in scientific magazines and conferences, among others showing his outstanding competence on spontaneous glass breakage prevention. He was honored by Adolf-Dietzel-Price and Golden-Gehlhoff-Ring of Deutsche-Glastechnische-Gesellschaft (DGG).

Ate Snijder graduated from the Architecture Master at the University of Delft, the Netherlands. In the graduation project, under mentorship of prof. ir. Rob Nijsse, he developed a series of shell structures with glass as the primary load bearing material. Currently, Ate Snijder works at chair of Structural Design and Mechanics within the faculty of Architecture. As a researcher he is part of the Glass Research Group where his focus is on the structural behaviour of glass load bearing components of bridges and buildings. Within the research group he specializes in FEM modeling of stress distribution in glass, detailing of glass connections and structural design with glass.

Barbara Siebert, born 1967, received her civil engineering degree from TU München. After some years as employee in a consulting office, she is now working in her own consulting office Ingenieurbüro Dr. Siebert with special field of application of glass. The doctor’s thesis about the calculation of point helded glasses was accepted 2003. She is aindependent, publicly appointed and sworn expert for glass constructions.

Benjamin has been working as a façade professional for more than 17 years with projects around the world and long-term positions in London, New York, Dubai and Stuttgart. After building up and heading the Dubai office of Werner Sobek in the position of Executive Vice President, Benjamin joined the Werner Sobek Head Office in Stuttgart, Germany and acted as Team Leader for Façade Engineering. In 2012, he joined Meinhardt Façade Technology in the role of Technical Director. Since October 2018, he is Head of Façade at Ramboll Dubai.

Session Chair - Complex Geometry and Curved Glass

Bernard Jean Savaëte (Engineer – 73 years old) is President of BJS.Différences consulting company, created in 2004. He worked in 1969, with French BSN, and then with American PPG, from 1981. His last position was Director Quality for PPG Glass Europe. He created BJS.Différences, providing worldwide consulting services for building, industry, car & solar businesses. He is also expert in history of glass and companies from flat glass industry.

Program committee member

Carlos Machado e Moura (Porto, 1982) is an architect (FAUP, 2006), postgraduate in Architectural Heritage (2013), PhD candidate in “Architecture: Theory, Project and History”, and integrated researcher at the Centre for Studies in Architecture and Urbanism/Porto School of Architecture (CEAU-FAUP). Since 2015 he develops research on the technical and architectural history of minimalist windows with Jofebar, being editor and co-author of the book Building Views (Circo de Ideias, 2017).


Cédric Janssens is the Public Affairs Manager of Glass for Europe, the trade association for Europe’s flat glass sector. Cédric is actively involved in all regulatory issues affecting the flat glass industry, be in terms of manufacturing, product policy, energy-efficiency in buildings and sustainability. Cédric is a graduate in political science and holds a master degree in European studies from university in Brussels.

Dr Cenk Kocer is a senior researcher with over 18 years experience in the area of Vacuum Insulated Glazing (VIG). His research focus is the design, manufacture, and quality/durability of the VIG window system. Using experimental and numerical (such as finite element analysis) methods, he is involved in the detailed study of the thermal and mechanical properties of VIG and other thermally insulating technologies.

Christian Louter is Professor and Director at the Institute of Building Construction, Faculty of Civil Engineering, TU Dresden. He obtained his PhD Cum Laude in 2011 on the topic of structural glass from TU Delft in the Netherlands. From 2010, Christian worked as a (post-doctoral) researcher at the Steel Structures Laboratory at the EPFL in Switzerland. In 2015, Christian returned to TU Delft as an Assistant Professor of Structural Design at the TU Delft, before joining TU Dresden in 2019.

Next to his research and teaching activities, Christian is an Organizer of the international Challenging Glass Conference series, an Editor-in-Chief of the Glass Structures & Engineering journal (Springer) and member of several international committees.

Program Committee Member, Session Chair - Research and Development

Christiane Kothe studied food chemistry at Technische Universität Dresden with diploma in 2007 and second state examination in 2008. Then she started working as a chemist in the Friedrich-Siemens-Laboratory at the Institut of building construction at Technische Universität Dresden and is part of the research group focusing on adhesive technology and interlayer materials for glass. 2013 she completed her PhD. Her main research topics are surface pre-treatments and adhesive joints in glass constructions.

Dirk Schulte is Executive Director of Preconstruction at Roschmann Steel & Glass Constructions, the leading custom fabricator and installer of high quality engineered architectural envelope systems. In this role, Schulte’s responsibilities include the strategic development of business and client relationships, technical preconstruction advisory, commercial sales and project consultancy primarily within the North-East and South Region of the United States and Canada. Before joining Roschmann Schulte was Vice President of North American Operations at Tianjin North Glass, the leading fabricator of specialty and oversized architectural glass for the global construction industry. Schulte was further previously serving as Vice President of Business Development, Sales and Engineering at APG International, Inc., a leading façade contractor in the Northeastern United States, as well as Managing Director of APG’s Middle Eastern operation in Dubai for over 8 years. Prior to that, Schulte was Global Business Development Manager for Structural Glass & Facade Applications at DORMA for more than 10 years. He is a Civil Engineer by trade, personal member of the Association of German Professional Engineers and the Façade Tectonics Institute. In addition, Schulte frequently contributes his expertise to the industry through a broad range of global publications since 2004.

Education and experience: Master degree in chemical and environmental engineering at the University of Applied Science Merseburg, Germany in 2011 Master thesis at the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE in Freiburg with the topic “Silver alloys for high temperature-resistant mirror coatings for application in solar thermal power plants” Working at the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems, since 2012 as researcher in the group Service Life Analysis Areas of interest Degradation of materials in solar applications accelerated testing of PV-modules and solar thermal collectors and their components and materials, numerical simulations, methods to analyse degradation of PV-modules, non-destructive analytical methods.

Ennio Mognato: Head of Glass for Building Department in SSV Venice – Italy. • CEN TC 129 – ISO TC 160 – UNI Committee Members.
• Test and certification on Laminated – Insulating Units – Toughened Glasses,
• Glass materials for building.
• Head of Italian auditors teams for voluntary certifications on glass for building.
• Chairman of SG 09 (Group of official certification body and laboratories for CPR 305/2011).

Dr. Enos Axtell, III hails from Kansas City, Missouri, USA. He received a BS in Chemistry from the University of Missouri in 1989 and a PhD in Inorganic Chemistry from Michigan State University in 1995. A Post-Doctoral Fellowship at the University of California-Davis followed. Dr. Axtell has been in the Glass R & D group at Ferro Corporation since 2001 and became involved in the bird collision issue in 2012.